Sand Diego has hired the global architectural firm Populous to design a new football facility to replace the 48-year Qualcomm Stadium.

Populous has designed or renovated stadiums for five of the six National Football League team owners serving on the all-important Los Angeles relocation committee.

Architectural renderings released Monday show a venue that could also be used for college holiday-bowl games, soccer tournaments, concerts and civic events. It is designed for 68,000 seats, but could be expanded to 72,000 for a major event like the Super Bowl.

Jon Knight, senior principal at Populous, said the stadium design “incorporates San Diego’s ocean and harbor experience, proud Naval and marine heritage, and the dynamic look and feel of the ocean’s waves.”

The three-decade-old, Kansas City-based firm has designed and renovated sports venues around the world, from the Rose Bowl in Pasadena and Angels Stadium in Anaheim, to Wembley Stadium and the 2012 Olympic Stadium in London, to the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Australia.

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.